Why I’m thankful for my running injury.


 Hello and Happy day to you!

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As many of you know, I ran the OC Half Marathon on Sunday.

Going into the race, I had set a pretty lofty goal for myself.

If you read my blog post last Thursday, you already know what I was scared sh*tless that I would not be able to achieve that goal.

Running a sub 2 half marathon was something that I had been dreaming about for the last few years.

I had done it once in my life.

Exactly once.

And then, months later my running career went into the toilet and I became seriously injured.

So injured, in fact, that I was forced to take an entire year off of running.

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Not being able to run was an absolutely horrendous experience.

I would drive past people running and burst into tears.

I had dreams that I was able to run, and would wake up crying.

I felt like my life was over (yes, I know it sounds dramatic, but it is honestly how I felt).

My first post-injury run was on August 29, 2014

It lasted all of 6 minutes and I ran .53 miles.

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Surprise!

I cried during that run too.

For the next few months, my runs were short and painful but I was running.

After running 5 miles with my BFF for my birthday, I decided that it was time to start training for another half marathon.

It was a terrifying thought, but I knew that I needed a goal help me stay consistent in my training.

Exactly 1 year ago and 4 days ago today, I did just that…

I ran the San Luis Obispo Half Marathon.

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I finished it in 2:19:20.

In all honesty, it was difficult to accept the fact that I was running a half marathon that was 20 minutes slower than what I was used to.

I was very thankful to be able to run though.

But, in the back of my head and in my heart, I knew where I wanted to be…

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I had this time goal posted all over the place.

(this is a picture of my computer at work- in case you were wondering)

When I ran the Surf City Half Marathon in February in a 2:05, I knew it was time to get down to business.

I trained my butt off.

I did speedwork.

I did threshold runs.

I did strength training.

I did hill repeats.

I did all of those uncomfortable things that I had avoided in the past…

Because they made me UNCOMFORTABLE.

Remember my pre-Surf City blog post:”Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable“?

I wasn’t joking.

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I am not going to sit here and talk about how nervous I was prior to the OC Half…

You already heard me complain about that on Thursday.

What I am going to do is finally tell you what happened at my race this weekend.

Yes, I am finally getting to the point of this entire story.

You are welcome.

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I FREAKING DID IT.

I finished the OC Half Marathon in 1:59:17.

(And let’s not forget to mention that it was 13.25 miles, not 13.1)

After receiving my medal, I walked around for a few minutes trying to figure out exactly what had just happened.

All I could say was “I did it”.

I repeated this sentence over and over again.

I had been dreaming about this day for the last few years and the moment had arrived.

It had finally happened.

I did it.

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I was back!

3 years of my life…

Buckets and buckets of blood, sweat, and tears…

Miles and miles of road…

All sacrificed for this one goal.

And it was all worth it.

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My injury changed me.

It changed my entire life.

I never EVER thought I would say this, but I am thankful for it.

I wouldn’t be who I am today if I didn’t have to crawl from where I was to where I am now.

Running might be a gift, but I have earned this.

I have earned every second of my 1:59:17 finish.

And for that, I am thankful.

-RatherBeRunnin’

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34 thoughts on “Why I’m thankful for my running injury.

  1. EmmaJCarson says:

    Reblogged this on Em's Way To Go and commented:
    “Not being able to run was an absolutely horrendous experience. I would drive past people running and burst into tears. I had dreams that I was able to run, and would wake up crying.”
    Ashley was forced to take a YEAR off running due to injury – yet she’s still managed to smash her half marathon time. Read her post – there IS light at the end of the tunnel!

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  2. runningonfullblog says:

    Huge congrats!! I can totally relate as I am running a half this weekend that I am trying to race (and get the coveted sub-2 hour, which I’ve done only 2x before) Keep up the great running and great blogging!

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